Our Strength is in our Numbers... Our Power is in our Unity! 

"The Role of Cooperatives In
Reshaping Communities"
Moderator: Vernon Oakes
Panelist: Councilwoman Helen Rosenthal
Panelist:Dr. Stacy Sutton
Panelist: Jamila Medley
Panelist: Todd Leverette
Our panelists will discuss the collaborative role cities and cooperatives can play in regenerating local economies in under resourced communities and explore the potentiality for driving local business and housing ownership.
Vernon Oakes has been hosting radio show"Everything Co-op" for almost five years. He is committed to educating the public about cooperative business and housing models, because he feels that cooperatives can be used to help solve many of the housing and economic problems in our post-recession cities. 
Helen Rosenthal represents New York City 6th Council District and serves on these committees: Civil and Human Rights; Contracts; Economic Development; Finance; and Housing and Buildings.
She has been a strong advocate for leading the city council to provide funds
to support worker owner cooperatives.
Stacey Sutton is Assistant Professor of Urban Planning and Policy in the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs (CUPPA) at the University of Illinois Chicago. In a forthcoming study, Stacey examines “Cooperative Cities,” specifically how city governments create enabling environments for the development and sustainability of worker-owned cooperatives.
 Jamila Medley, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance (PACA), a nonprofit and co-op membership organization in Philadelphia that supports the movement of democratically organized worker owned businesses and growing cooperative economies.
Todd Leverette is the Program Manager of Legacy Business Initiatives at the Democracy at Work Institute (DAWI), where he works with business owners, economic developers & community members to expand the world of employee ownership. He is a former Wall Streeter and co-founder of the start-up “Your Financial Lane”.
"The Role of Cooperatives In Reshaping Communities"
09/28/18 10:00am 

Forum discusses how cities are creating local policies to enable the growth and expansion of worker-owned and residential cooperatives.
Arrive Early Limited Seating

Governor's Office of Small, Minority 
& Women Business Affairs 

invites you to reserve a seat for our upcoming

Technical Training Classroom

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Governor's Coordinating Offices
First Floor Training Room
100 Community Place
Crownsville, Maryland 21032 

SmallBiz Conference

Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Forms

10 a.m. - 12 noon

How do you fill out your MBE forms as a prime contractor? Maryland is committed to minority inclusion in the state contracting marketplace, and Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) goal requirements are included in most state procurements. Small business owners and certified MBE firms that want to compete as prime contractors must know how to correctly fill out the required MBE forms. Join us for a technical review of these critical forms, and a detailed discussion on the regulations that allow MBE primes to fulfill a portion of the MBE subcontracting goal.

Who should attend? Small business owners who want to perform as prime contractors in the state contracting arena.  


Creating an Effective Pitch

2 - 4 p.m.

Do you have a business you want to pitch? Whether you are closing a sale, meeting someone new at a networking event, or trying to convince a funding source to invest in your business, entrepreneurs are pitching their business on a regular basis. Creating a successful pitch enables small business owners to deliver a well-designed, targeted pitch to a specific audience. Knowing what key points to cover and how much to say are integral parts of pitching well. Attendees will learn these key points and walk out with a newly crafted business pitch. 

Our special guest is Janice Riley, Director of Technical Innovation Center (TIC) at Hagerstown Community College, who will share her expertise and insights about what it takes to make an effective pitch.

Who should attend? Small business owners who want to learn how to effective pitch their business in order to compete with confidence in both the public and private sectors.


What you need to know:

There is no cost to attend.
Seating is limited and advance registration is required.
Bring a pen and paper to take notes.
Free parking and guest WiFi are available on-site.
Photo ID is required upon entry to the building.
Café on premises (electronic payment only).

In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month

The Governor's Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs 

in partnership with

The Governor's Office of Community Initiatives

invites you to reserve a seat for our upcoming

Technical Training Classroom

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Gaithersburg Regional Library
Second Floor
18330 Montgomery Village Avenue
Gaithersburg, Maryland 20879 

Chamber of Commerce

Procurement 101 - En Español

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

New to state contracting? Start at the beginning. This class is for small businesses that have little or no knowledge of the state procurement process. We'll focus on common procurement terminology, examine how the state contracting arena operates, and provide resources to help you determine if pursuing work in the public sector would be beneficial to your company. Please bring pen and paper to take notes. 

Who should attend? Spanish speaking small business owners who want to assess the state contracting arena and gain a better understanding of the procurement process. 

Adquisición 101- En Español

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

 ¿Nuevo en la contratación estatal? Empieza por el principio. Esta clase es para pequeñas empresas que tienen poco o ningún conocimiento del proceso de contratación estatal. Hablaremos sobre la terminología común de las adquisiciones, examinaremos cómo funciona la contratación del estado y hablaremos de recursos para ayudarle a determinar si buscar contratos en el sector público sería beneficiosa para su empresa. Por favor traiga una pluma y papel para tomar notas.

¿Quién debería asistir? Dueños de pequeñas empresas que desean evaluar el ámbito de contratación del estado y quieren obtener una mejor comprensión del proceso de adquisiciones.



What you need to know:

There is no cost to attend.
Seating is limited and advance registration is required.
Bring a pen and paper to take notes.
Free parking on site.

Baltimore District Office  - August 30, 2018

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SBA Baltimore Seeks Nominees 

2019 Maryland Small Business Week Awards Program

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Baltimore District Office is accepting nominations for the next Maryland “Small Business Person of the Year,” and to compete for the national title during National Small Business Week, May 5-11, 2019. Nominees are also sought for Small Business Exporter of the Year and a variety of local award categories. The submission deadline is Wednesday, January 9, 2019.

Small Business Person of the Year nominees are judged on a variety of criteria, including staying power, growth in employment and sales, innovation of products or services and evidence of contributions to the community.

Local award categories include: Financial Services Champion, Home-Based Small Business, Minority-Owned Small Business, Veteran-Owned Small Business, Woman-Owned Small Business, Family-Owned Small Business, Entrepreneurial Success, Small Business Exporter, Young Entrepreneur, Rising Star Student Entrepreneur and three industry awards, the Accountant Champion, Insurance Advocate and Attorney Advocate.

Nominations can be made by an individual or an organization. The Maryland program accepts nominations for individuals or businesses operating within the City of Baltimore and all Maryland counties except Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, which are accepted through SBA’s Washington Metro Area District Office. Winners will be announced in late March 2019 and will be honored at the 35th Annual MD Small Business Week Awards Luncheon in Woodlawn, Md. on Thursday, June 6, 2019.

To obtain nomination criteria and submission guidelines, visit us on the web at www.sba.gov/md or contact Rachel Howard at (410) 244-3337 or by email at rachel.howard@sba.gov.


Nominate Today!


US Black Chambers, Inc.'s Entrepreneur Training Program

Enroll now in this exclusive educational opportunity designed to help USBC members gain access to capital. Our information sessions provide an overview of the program and prepares you for the registration process.


University of Phoenix has provided tuition and scholarship awards to qualified business owners to attend these online classes free of charge! Here more about free classes at these information sessions.Get your business better prepared for tomorrow and register today.


Official class start dates: May 1, 2018, June 5, 2018July 10, 2018August 14, 2018September 18, 2018October 23, 2018November 27, 2018 and January 15, 2019. All classes are tentatively scheduled to begin at 6:00 PM ET.

  • Looking for advertising and sales tools? Our marketing course will prepare you to not only promote yourself but utilize the latest technological tools to grow revenue for your business.
  • Interested in procurement or supply chain opportunities? Take the cash flow analysis class to develop business development strategies that can help you land your next big contract.
  • Are you making a large purchase or acquisition? The financial statement preparation class can help you understand what a lender looks for when analyzing your loan application.
  • Need connections to larger business opportunities? Work with our USBC Chamber of Commerce leaders to connect to technical assistance providers, city/state business opportunities and other businesses that can be potential strategic alliance or joint venture partners.

Contact Brian Morse at Brian@usblackchambers.org to registerfor this "free" class for US Black Chambers, Inc.'s members.

If you would like to become a member of the US Black Chambers, Inc., click on the following link.

Gain Access to More Opportunities by Becoming a US Black Chambers' Member:

Regular Price: $199.99

*Click Here to Get Started! - Click here

Contact Brian Morse - Brian@usblackchambers.org to get started!


Open Recruitments

      • Highway Engineering Manager—Executive Service (MDTA)
      • Asset Control and Damage Recovery Specialist (MDTA)
      • ITS and Electrical Engineer (MDTA)
      • Transportation Facility Maintenance Worker III (MDTA)
      • Agency Procurement Specialist II (SHA)

These recruitments are open to anyone, both internal and external people may apply. You can find these our website page at: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/mdotmd


Keller Professional Services, Inc. is seeking a full-time Office Manager/Executive Assistant to support Operations for a Professional Asset Management Client in Baltimore.

The Firm and its affiliates bring in excess of 100 years of experience in financing and fostering small, minority, women, and veteran owned businesses.  The Firm offers a complete portfolio of financing products and strategic services to advance companies to the next level.

Under the direct supervision of the partners, the Office Manager shall carry out operational and administrative support for the Family of Funds. He/She will also supervise the administrative staff, oversee general office administration, and provide back-up support for the administrative staff.

For more information, visit: 

Laborers Needed for Construction Clean Up!!!!

Keller Professional Services, Inc. is seeking qualified laborers to join its Construction Clean-up Crew for construction projects throughout Baltimore City. Prior construction experience is helpful but not required.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a resident of Baltimore City
  • Must be available to work 6:30am to 3:00pm with overtime as needed (including Saturdays)
  • Must have the strength and endurance to lift heavy debris (50 pounds)
  • Must have the desire and drive to work
  • Must be able to pass a drug screening (upon application and randomly)
  • Criminal Backgrounds considered on an individual basis
  • Two forms of valid ID (Social Security Card and State photo ID/Birth Certificate/or Green Card)
  • 1 Year's experience as a laborer is needed.

Please complete our on-line application in order to be contacted for an interview.

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